The Federal Government of Nigeria has called for inter-ministerial collaboration to address the issues of illegal migration and human trafficking in the country. The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu, made the call during a courtesy visit to the Minister of Interior, Mr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, in his office in Abuja on September 13, 2023.
Dr. Edu said that the root causes of poverty and humanitarian crises in Nigeria were insecurity, illegal migration, and human trafficking. She said that her ministry would expand the National Social Register to capture families and widows of ex-servicemen in the paramilitary organisation, as well as inmates of the Nigeria Correctional Services, to benefit from the skills acquisition programmes of her ministry.
The Minister of Interior, Mr. Tunji-Ojo, commended Dr. Edu for her efforts and assured her of his ministry’s support and cooperation. He said that his ministry was working hard to ensure the security and safety of Nigerians, as well as to manage migration and border issues. He said that his ministry had established a Migration Information and Data Analysis System (MIDAS) to monitor and track migrants entering and exiting Nigeria. He also said that his ministry had launched a national migration policy to provide a framework for addressing migration challenges in Nigeria.
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